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Illegal mining: DMTF approves establishment of Mineral Checkposts around Srinagar city

Check posts to be established within two months; move aimed at curbing illegal constructions and landfills, protecting waterbodies: DM Srinagar

Srinagar, Jan 20: The District Mineral Task Force (DMTF) Srinagar has approved establishment of mineral checkposts to curb illegal mining and transportation, illegal constructions and filling of water bodies in and around the city. The mineral checkposts to be established within two months’ time will also have CCTV cameras installed for monitoring centrally.

The DMTF meeting chaired by District Magistrate Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary approved allocation of land for establishment of checkposts at Khushipora Shalteng, Mujgund, Bhagwanpora Noorbagh, Lasjan, K P Bagh and Padshahidbagh, and directed the concerned departments including Revenue, SMC and Planning to issue necessary permissions within a week’s time.

The meeting was informed that all the mineral checkposts which will be established will be connected with the Integrated Command and Control Centre coming up at Bemina. It was informed that the checkposts will be constructed at an approved cost of 90 lakh rupees.

Speaking on the occasion the District Magistrate emphasised strict vigilance against filling of water bodies, illegal mining, land-filling, land conversions and other aspects which have severely affect the watershed and balance of nature making the area prone to water logging, flood and other issues.

He directed the District Mineral Officer Srinagar was to fast-track the construction as the relevant codal formalities have already been completed.

DMTF also took note two check posts completed at Zewan and Daktang areas. Pre-fabricated fire-resitant check posts will be constructed at all the approved locations to check illegal mining and unauthorised constructions.

During the meeting, the District Mineral Officer Srinagar and Member Secretary DMTF, Altaf Rasool, presented a resume of activities initiated in the sectors of drinking water, education, social welfare, plantation and others. The DMTF appreciated the efforts of the DMO for various steps taken in management of welfare schemes.

Joint Commissioner SMC Syed Qasim, Joint Director Planning Mohammad Yaseen Lone, Superintendent of Police, General Manager DIC, Assistant Commissioner Development, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Superintending Engineers, Executive Engineers and other members of DMTF attended the meeting.

Meanwhile the Srinagar administration is considering various identified locations around the city for installation of CCTVs to curb illegal transportation of material for unauthorised constructions in the city.

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Grenade lobbed on police party in Rafiabad

(Asian News Hub) – Suspected militants on Wednesday hurled a grenade towards police party at Drusoo area of Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. However, no loss of life or injury was reported, officials said.

Officials told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that suspected militants lobbed grenade towards police party, which exploded some metres away from them.

However, no damage was reported in the incident while search has been launched to nab the attackers.

KNO

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Kishtwar Cloud Burst: Heavy rain halts rescue operation, 21 houses among 42 Structures damaged

(Asian News Hub) – Heavy rains have halted rescue operation following cloud burst in Hanzor area of Dachhan in Kishtwar district, officials said on Wednesday afternoon.

So far bodies of seven people have been recovered, while 17 persons were rescued in injured condition and five of them have been shifted to Kishtwar hospital, police said.

Sixteen persons are still said to be missing and operation to trace them has been halted due to heavy rain in the area, the officials told GNS.

“Bodies of seven persons have been recovered while 17 persons have been rescued in injured condition so far in Hanzor area of Dachhan in Kishtwar district,” police said.

As scale of devastation due to cloud burst unravels, Police said that 21 residential houses were damaged, two of the partially, along with 21 cowsheds.

Earlier police had said that six houses and one Ration depot was damaged in the cloudburst which took place during the last night.

“Rescue operation halted right now due to heavy rain,” the police said in a tweet.

GNS

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Violence was never part of Kashmiriyat: President Kovind

‘Democracy has a capacity to reconcile all differences to bring out best for citizens’

(Asian News Hub) – The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday said that violence was never part of Kashmiriyat but has become a da1sily reality now.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Kovind in his address at Sher-I-Kashmir-International Convention Centre (SKICC) during the 19th convocation of University of Kashmir (KU) said, “Violence which was never part of Kashmiriyat but has become a daily reality now.”

He said, “It was most unfortunate that the outstanding tradition of peaceful coexistence was broken but now, there is a new beginning to regain this lands lost glory.”

In the meantime, Kovind congratulated the young students of the KU who are being conferred with the respected degrees in this convocation.

“I have been told that nearly three lakh students are receiving degrees today and I am impressed by the number with more 2.5 lakh bachelors and more than one thousand doctorates, the university has made remarkable progress,” he said.

Kovind also said that the quest for learning and faith in knowledge among the students of Kashmir is really inspiring.

“Equally inspiring is the success of female students, just about half of the students who are receiving their degrees are Women and when it comes it gold medals, I was told that 70 percent of the winners are women,” he said.

Kovind said, “It is not only a matter of satisfaction but also pride for all of us that our daughters are ready to perform at same level as our sons and sometimes even better.”

He said that building human resources and infrastructure was the stepping stones to the higher idea.

Kovind also said that he was told that the KU has the distinction of being one of few in India with a dedicated centre for inter disciplinary research and innovations that will encourage young scientists for various fellowships across varied disciplines.

“Above all, I am glad to know that KU has responded to the Pandemic in a most praised worthy manner,” he said.

Speaking about the aftermath of COVID-19, Kovind said, “The entire world has been facing a difficult times. The virus has affected all works of life and education is no exception.”

He added that “Fortunately, technology provided a solution. All school, Colleges and Universities across India has continued to provide education in the online mode. After the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, the KU immediately shifted the academic to online modules and made each resource available to its students.”

“Moreover, KU also supported the administration by providing quarantine facilities at its main, north and south campuses. It shows how the contribution of the university towards the society can go beyond imparting education,” he said.

Kovind said, “Democracy, I firmly believe, has within it a capacity to reconcile all differences and also a capacity to bring out the best of citizens’ potential. Kashmir, happily, is already realizing this vision.”

He further said, “The youth and the women especially have high stakes in it and I and sure that they will not let go of this opportunity to rebuild Kashmir.”

Kovind said that in September last year during the consultation of NEP, he had spoken about his dream.

“I wish to see Kashmir as paradise on earth. Kashmir is bound to acquire its rightful place as the crowning glory of India,” Kovind said.

KNO

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